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False Rationality Of Egoism

115.06The basis of our yearning for the Creator is called the “point in the heart.” I feel that this point is pulling me, but I do not know where and I do not know who is doing it either. Yet, I want to know what is the meaning of life, its purpose, where did I come from and where am I going, and why is this life given to a person?

These questions concern many people in childhood and adolescence, but then they disappear. After all, hormones begin to act, and the world confuses us with its illusory values that distract our attention from the right questions: What am I living for?

However, there are people who cannot extinguish the point in their heart that draws them to the connection with the Creator, and therefore they come to the wisdom of Kabbalah. Then they have a choice whether to act according to their own mind, according to what they see in this world, what is called the “rational” approach.

It is funny that we call this “rational.” Is it possible to call the way a person behaves on this earth, rational, deliberate? How is it possible to make a rational decision if we do not know our future, we cannot connect ourselves to it, in order to take a step forward toward the future that we see, understand, and control based on the analysis of the present and future state? Then we could call our behavior rational. But  if we have no idea about the future, then we cannot talk about any rational action.

We call rational steps when we rely on our egoism, which does not see what will happen in the next moment. Sometimes we even see that we are harming ourselves, but we cannot stop. We discover today in all human activity that we are doing everything wrong, destroying the Earth and our lives, moving toward wars and troubles, and at the same time, we cannot stop ourselves.

We are even worse than animals, because they do not do that. The animal will stop immediately if it senses danger. A person, however, cannot stop. After all, egoism is stronger than us, it is given from above and tells us what to do. And we obediently follow its orders, instead of the instructions of our animalistic instinct of self-preservation.

This is why we are destroying the planet, destroying the world, jeopardizing our future. This is called that we act on the basis of false “rationality” and according to reason. As if there is any reason in this crazy egoistic race.

To act “above reason” means that we accept the will of the Creator and His approach and begin to act according to it. This means that we appreciate the acts of bestowing above the acts of reception, that is, Bina governs Malchut, and not vice versa when Malchut, the will to receive, suppresses the qualities of Bina, the inclination to bestow.

If we organize a group that elevates and appreciates the quality of bestowal more than egoistic qualities, then we want to exist with the force of Bina, bestowal, which is above reason, above the egoistic will to receive.

To the extent that we elevate the level of Bina above the level of Malchut so that the will to bestow is higher and more respected for us than our will to receive, we build the exaltedness of the Creator. The Creator, the degree of Bina, becomes greater in our eyes than the degree of Malchut.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/7/21, Baal HaSulam, Shamati #14 “What Is the Exaltedness of the Creator?”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10/15/21

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Shamati #20 “Lishma (For Her Sake)”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 67

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Conditions For Revealing Actions Of The Creator

530How can we begin to feel the Creator within the connection with our friends in the ten? The main work is to explore all the aspects of our coming closer to each other and distancing from each other at the level of feelings. If we try to establish the correct relations between our friends in practice, then we will begin to feel the Creator within these actions.

If we do not make these attempts together, then how can we create the Creator? After all, it is said: “You have made Me,” that is, we build the Creator. We must connect with each other so closely that we begin to understand what is called “the Creator.”

We need to assemble the Creator from our desires as if from Lego blocks. If, despite the rejection from each other, we yearn to connect above it, then by scrutinizing these two states together, disconnection and connection, distancing and coming closer, we will begin to reveal who the Creator is, whom we assemble and build as a result of our actions.

If we do not have a ten and the opportunity to build the Creator within it in this way, then there is no chance and no hope that He will ever be revealed. If my friends and I do not put together His image from our cubes, we will not be able to reveal Him. We are standing right next to the opportunity to build the Creator, but we are not building Him!

The Creator is called “come and see” (Bo-Reh). When we build our connection with the desire and intention to complete each other and assemble something common, we feel how it begins to come to life.

Imagine that we take inanimate particles from nature, atoms in which there is nothing but negative and positive charges, and connect them together in such a way that suddenly we get something alive and developing. Atoms connect with each other so that they turn into an organic molecule, that is, into living matter inside of which there is life, and the secret of life is hidden within it. All the foundations and secrets of creation are hidden inside the DNA, and where does this force of life come from?

How do inanimate particles, protons, electrons, neutrons, and mesons by their connection bring themselves to such a state that a force called “life” is suddenly revealed inside them? We do not understand this, we only see that instead of inorganic bricks, from which we had to build a house, like from children’s blocks, something alive suddenly appears, which builds itself and grows by itself.

The force of the Creator awakens in them, the force of creation, and they begin to connect with each other. We only create conditions for them; we as if give the Creator the opportunity to be revealed. Then they begin to build themselves and the act of creation takes place, Maase Bereshit.

Therefore our work is not to get inside and interfere with the work of the Creator, but to create conditions for revealing the action of the upper force.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/21, Shamati #19 “What Is ‘The Creator Hates the Bodies,’ in the Work?”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10/14/21

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Shamati #19 “What Is ‘The Creator Hates the Bodies,’ in the Work?”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 66

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10/13/21

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Shamati #19 “What Is ‘The Creator Hates the Bodies,’ in the Work?”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 65

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10/12/21

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Shamati #19 “What Is ‘The Creator Hates the Bodies,’ in the Work?”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 64

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10/11/21

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Shamati #19 “What Is ‘The Creator Hates the Bodies,’ in the Work?”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 63

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A Thread Extended From Infinity

938.04Kabbalists write that the Creator reveals Himself in the connection between us, in the center of the group. And everything that happens between us in the center of our group is perceived at the degree above us, which is called the Creator.

We are on a spiritual ladder that we need to climb up to the next degree above us, and then another, and yet another even higher. And we always receive instructions, lights, signals, and awakenings from the upper degree.

Therefore, it is necessary to strive to establish a connection with the upper degree and to become incorporated in it. This connection is achieved thanks to the greatness of the upper degree.

The upper degree relative to the lower is always considered as the Creator relative to creation. We have descended these degrees from the world of infinity through the Partzufim of Galgalta, AB, SAG to the degree of this world through five worlds, with five Partzufim in each world, and five Sefirot in each Partzuf,  which makes a total of 5 x 5 x 5 = 125 degrees.

We climb back up the same degrees. And the upper degree relative to the lower one is always called the Creator. First of all, this is so because it really gave birth to the lower degree when descending from top to bottom. And also because we can ascend back through it and attain it, “Come and see” the Creator, Bo-Re. And we will be able to climb even higher from it and move forward.

For every ten there is a thread extended from the world of infinity. And by this thread we must ascend to the world of infinity, to the end of correction. If we follow the advice of Kabbalists, then every time we rise from degree to degree from Malchut to Bina and again from Malchut to Bina.

The lower degree is called Malchut in relation to the higher degree called Bina. The elevating force is called faith above reason, the force of bestowal, the force of Bina, above the force of Malchut, the desire to receive. If we prefer the desire to bestow and connection with friends, then we can rise from Malchut to Bina, from the lower to the highest degree.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/7/21, Shamati #14 “What Is the Exaltedness of the Creator”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10/10/21

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Nature Gives Us A Chance To Ascend

232.05A person on the spiritual path goes through great descents. And if he does not feel connected with the group, then he can leave this path. He makes great claims to the teacher, to his friends, to the whole world, and to the Creator, believing that he alone is right. But in fact, this egoism covers him.

He could get the strength from the group to overcome this state, but he does not want to, because he feels smarter and stronger than the rest. Pride decays a person to such an extent that he is buried under the thickness of his egoism and dies in the spiritual.

This happens to a lot of people, and they end up leaving. Perhaps they themselves do not realize what happened to them, but on the contrary, they consider themselves right and think that at last their eyes have opened. They regret having entered a society that does such unrealistic things.

In contrast, in all religions and beliefs, students idolize the teacher and the path itself. After all, there is no left line there, criticism is not permissible, there is no growth of egoism at every step. Whereas in the science of Kabbalah we advance on two legs, in two lines, as it is said: “And you will be like Gods who have known good and evil.”

Therefore, only in Kabbalah does it happen that a student disagrees with the teacher or even hates him, and rejects the Creator. After all, we are taught to ascend to similarity with the upper force that we need to comprehend and understand. And not everyone can do it.

It happens that a person is brought into a Kabbalistic group as if blown into it and he is completely unprepared for such work. For now, he is only interested in mysticism, but not in the science of Kabbalah, which leads to real understanding and comprehension of the upper force. Or he wants to be taught to perform some material actions and pray, and limit himself to this.

Among us there are such “random” people because the study is open to everyone. And therefore, sometimes, after a while, a person discovers that this does not suit him; he does not suit us, and we do not suit him.

And such a person leaves. Moreover, it does not depend on intelligence, he can be very smart. It all depends on the readiness of the heart, the maturity of the soul. If a person is ready to go against his egoism and rise above the two forces of nature, reception and bestowal, in order to unite good and evil together in one source, in the Creator, then he can advance in Kabbalah.

But if a person is not capable of this, if he does not have enough patience, does not have enough mind and heart to bind good and evil together with one force, then he leaves and begins to chastise the teacher and Kabbalah.

After all, this is not an easy way but one that requires constant self-nullification, and how can an egoist love that and agree with it? Therefore until recently the Kabbalists hid this method, which did not suit the broad masses. Only in modern times did Kabbalah begin to spread widely, but many start it and quit. And the rest are for the time being those people who are ready to listen to the truth and, most importantly, to realize it in their own lives.

If a person leaves, then we wish him success in corporeal life, and we ourselves continue on the path. And our world shows us day by day that there is nothing to look for in it. What does a person gain by giving up the spiritual path? It is unlikely that wealth, fame, power, and special satisfaction await him in the material world. He simply does not want to make efforts in what nature indicates to him, that is, the science of Kabbalah.

Nature wanted to reveal to him the chances and possibilities of really achieving the correct view of nature so that he could take the two forces of nature, plus and minus, and combine them in the middle line according to the method of Kabbalah.

He had to make this correction within himself, reconfiguring himself internally in accordance with all of nature, in three lines: right, left, middle, that is, the force of receiving, the force of bestowal, and their correct connection. And then he would see, understand, and feel the entire universe above time and space, above all the limitations of one-dimensional egoistic perception.

Purely altruistic perception is also limited because it is not accessible to any dimension—everything is open, everything is in bestowal. Here it is necessary to combine two lines. Only with the help of both of them does a person stand firmly on the path, in the middle between the two lines, and can one give and measure the amount of his bestowal. Thus, he ascends the steps, comprehending the Creator more and more.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/30/21, “Baal HaSulam. Shamati 10. What is “Hurry, My Beloved,” in the Work?”

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